Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mango Mousse Cake - Happy Birthday to ME!

Happy Birthday to ME!

Haha I'm quite amused by this myself but I actually baked myself a birthday cake! I've been so soooo busy over the past two months that I hardly had time to rest, much less for baking. I probably did some simple bakes like financiers and chiffon cakes but didn't have the extra motivation or energy to take pictures and post them up here...haha.

Anyway, this year's birthday was a blast! Most of it made awesome by a very special someone. I really appreciate the thought and effort that goes into the little details, to make this occasion an extra special one for me. God is really really good, I had awesome company to celebrate my birthday with, and have extraordinary memories for keeps too! I wish I can slowly savour every moment, every person, every experience :).

Because this was a "rushed" cake given my pretty crazy schedule, I decided to go with a simple Mango Mousse Cake. Mum bought some really sweet and juicy mangoes a while ago and I decided to go with what I had on hand instead of the initially-planned Fruit Rouges cake. I put this together in under 3 hours and I think it looks pretty decent!

For today's dinner, I went to The Line at Shangri-La Hotel with my family. We are so stuffed that we can't even eat one more slice of cake! I guess we'll have to wait till tomorrow to cut the cake then...hence no pictures of the sliced cake as of now. I made this using a much-raved about recipe from Rei's blog. I tested the mousse and it tasted good! I hope the overall cake will taste alright too!

Ooh...I can't resist sharing these pretty pink tulips I received for my birthday with you lovely!

I am submitting the Mango Mouse Cake to Aspiring Bakers#5 - Fruity March ( Mar2011) hosted by Jess from Bakericious. Recipe follows...

Mango Mousse Cake
adapted from All The Matters

[Sponge Cake ]
2 egg whites
40g fine sugar
2 egg yolks
30g fine sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
50g milk
24g corn oil
68g cake flour (sifted)
1/4 Tsp bicarbonate of soda (sifted)

[Mango Mousse]
8g gelatine sheets
25g hot water
150g whipping cream
1.5 tbsp icing sugar
200g mango puree (if refrigerated, bring to room temperature)
140g diced mango

[Mango Glaze]
100g mango puree (bring to room temperature)
3 gelatin sheets
3 tbsp boiling water

[Sponge Cake]
1) Prepare and line a 7 x 7 inch baking tin. In a clean bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Slowly add sugar and whisk till stiff peak form. 
2) In another bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar till pale and fluffy.
3) Add vanilla essence, milk and corn oil to egg yolk mixture then fold in the sifted flour mixture.
4) Fold in the egg yolk mixture into egg white mixture.
5) Bake at 150°C for around 30 minutes or till skewer comes clean. Let the cake cool and slice horizontally 2 slices and trim them into 6 x 6 inch square.

[Mango Mousse]
1) In a mixing bowl, whip whipping cream with icing sugar to soft peak state. Refrigerate to chill.
2) In a small bowl, dissolve gelatine sheets in hot water. When the gelatine is fully dissolved, add to mango puree. Add rum to the mixture. Mix well.
3) Add the mango mixture to whipped cream. Mix well until incorporated.
4) Use a 7 x 7 inch cake ring, place a layer of cake and pour in mango mousse, or use a large piping tip to pipe the mixture. Do take note of the corners. Add mango cubes and cover them with some mousse. Let it slighty set for about 10 minutes in the fridge.
5) Lay another cake layer and pour the remaining mousse. Let it set for 30 to 45 minutes in the fridge.

[Mango Glaze]
6) Dissolve gelatine in hot water. Mix in mango puree. Wait till the mousse is set and the topping is cooled, arrange sliced fruits, if using, pour in the topping carefully. Let the cake chill for at least 3 hours before removing the cake ring.

Yields a 7 by 7 inch square cake.


  1. Happy Birthday to you and the cake looks really pretty and well done for something that you rushed through in a few hours!

  2. Happy Birthday to you and your mango cake looks stunning!

  3. Happy birthday to you! Like you, I'm baking myself a birthday cake Now ;-))

  4. Happy Birthday Allie!! the mango cake is absolutely divine!

  5. Happy Birthday Allie! Your mango mousse cake is lovely!

  6. Happy Birthday to you, Allie! Your mango cake is pretty :)

  7. @Aimei: Thanks sweetie!

    @Janine: Haha thank you! It could have been better if I had more time though...haha.

    @Anncoo: Thank you! :)

    @Quizzine: Thanks! Happy Birthday to you too!

    @Jess: Thanks Jess!

    @Happy Homebaker: Thanks! I'm encouraged :)

    @Min: Thanks Min! Haven't baked in a long glad this turned out fine!

  8. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY ALLIE (: the cake look so lovely and im sure it taste GREAT! (:

  9. @Sweetylicious: Thank you! I finally tasted it yesterday, flavour was good but I would reduce the amount of gelatin used next time cos it was too firm for my liking!

  10. hey Allie,

    Happy birthay to you! thats a really nice mango cake. its very well done.

    what variety of mango did you used? I just did the same cake using honey mangoes.

  11. hope u had a lovely sure u did!!! are the flowers and the mention of an extra special "someone" a hint to smth more...? heh. ^^ i love mangos! and ur mango mousse cake is so tempting me!!!

  12. Happy Birthday Allie! Mangoes are in season now. I'm sure your birthday cake tasted lovely.

  13. @Bakertan: Thank you! I used Thai honey mangoes for this cake, but just for the decoration bit. I used ready-made mango puree for the glaze and mousse cos I wasn't sure if the available mangoes will provide enough flavour. It turned out well!

    @Michelle: observant ya! Yes yes...whatever you are thinking, you are right :). This cake is real easy to make, I'm sure you can whip one up in no time! Btw, where will you be starting work at?

    @Swee San: Thanks Swee San! Yea, so glad to see them around, mangoes are sooo yummy!

  14. This looks delicious! Happy belated birthday, by the way! :)

  15. Happy Belated birthday! The cake looks great!

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  17. Hi dear,

    please check this out.

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  18. @thecoffeesnob: Thank you!

    @Small Small Baker: Thank you!

    @Edith: Thanks for the award!

    @Ezee: Thanks for the award! I'll pass it on soon :)

    @Sean: Thank you!

  19. i am wondering, for the 8g of gelatine sheets, what is it in powder?

  20. Wow, looks yummy!


  21. gorgeous I want to try!!!

  22. May I ask you what is different between Sponge Cake A and B?

  23. What size in inches was your cake?

  24. Question for you. Why are you asking us to use 7x7 inch pan when the outcome of mango mousse cake is round? It is best to say to use a round spring form pan. It makes more sense that way.

  25. You mentioned rum in mousse but you didn't say how much rum. Please reply. Thanks.

  26. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. Turned out really nice. Next time, i will also layer the cake. Nonetheless, came out very nice. Thanks again!

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